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Kigga

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Distance (From Sringeri): 10 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 10 Kms from Sringeri, Kigga is a beautiful village situated on the banks of Nandini River, a tributary of Tunga. Kigga is famous for Rishya Shringeshwara temple.

Dedicated to Rishyasringa, the temple stands on the site where Rishyasringa was absorbed in the celestial light. Built during Vijayanagara period, the temple houses a linga of a unique shape, with three protuberances resembling horns. There is a belief that if the linga is properly worshipped, famine will be averted in the land to a distance of 12 yojanas all round. It is said that Sage Rishyasringa's advent removed the drought in this place. The Rathotsavam of the temple is conducted in Chaitra Masa (Mar/April).

Kigga is also the exit point for Narasimha Parvata trekking which starts from Agumbe. Sirimane Falls is about 5 Kms from Kigga situated on Narasimha Parvata trekking route.

Kigga is connected by bus & cabs with Sringeri.

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